Dating & Relating
Packed with resources, videos, and thoughtful activities, this course is designed for neurodivergent adults who want to learn more about dating, relationships and romance.
Learn where to meet people, how to attract quality partners, what happens on a date (and to be your best on that date!), how to build closeness in a relationship, manage rejection, and much much more.
This is a long course which we offer as a self-directed resource - to consume of it what you will. There are lessons and activities covering a range of topics. The course will take a number of weeks to complete, if you were to engage with all the materials fully. However, we recommend you select the areas you want to learn and pace yourself accordingly.
It's time to explore the world of dating!
6 Chapters covering extensive knowledge for navigating the world of dating, whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned explorer!
Equips you with the tools for successful dating
Covers topics you really want to know
Suitable for any gender or sexuality
Written by Neurodivergents, just like you
Chapter 1. Discover your journey into romance. What traits or qualities are looking for and does your personality impact who and how you date?
Chapter 2. Start dating with authenticity. Learn about intimacy: physical and emotional, and how to spot untrustworthy people.
Chapter 3. Understand the Dating Game: What happens on a date? How do you flirt? What about being neurodivergent?
Chapter 4. Explore all the amazing ways you can connect and meet people!
Chapter 5. Uncover the importance of mental health in dating, learn how to discuss issues with a partner. We also introduce disclosure and consent.
Chapter 6. Make it official as you learn the various steps to making a relationship serious, including meeting family and friends, moving in together, marriage (or not), and raising a family (of children, or pets)!
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Why Study Relationships?
Appendix A: Icons for Learning
Appendix B1: Accessibility Support
Appendix B2: Accessibility for Wellness
Appendix C: Feeling Words
What is Gender Identity? Which one am I?
What is Sexual Identity? Which one am I?
Could I Be a Lesbian? (Masterdoc)
Understanding Dating Terms used Online [External Link]
Conversation Starters For Friendship, Dating and Beyond
Exploring the Notion: Love at First Sight
What's Not Okay in Relationships
What Is Okay in Relationships
Difficult Disclosures: Transgender Identity
Difficult Disclosures: Sexual Trauma
A Man's Guide to Supporting a Female Rape Victim
What is Dating?FREE PREVIEW
A Good Partner (Activity)
Definitions and Purposes of Dating
Knowing Yourself Matters
Knowing Your Needs (Video)
References for Introduction
But wait - Are You Ready? (Activity)
Newcomers to the World of Dating
Dating for "Seasoned Explorers"
Does Personality Impact Dating?
What is your OCEAN? (Activity)
Honesty and Humility
What is your personality in HEXACO? (Activity)
What is Attraction?
How to Be More Attractive (Activity)
Are Neurodivergent Partners Attractive?
My Dream Date (Activity)
Fantasy, Expectations, and Wants
Who should you date? [External Link - Quiz]
References for Chapter 1
The Best Me: How and Why Authenticity Matters (Video)
Masking and Authenticity
Intimacy = Connection
Steps to Lasting Connection (A4 Poster)
Towards Emotional Intimacy (Activity)
Towards Physical Intimacy (Activity)
Further Closeness (Activity)
Challenges to Intimacy
Signs of Inauthenticity
The True and False Self (Video)
References for Chapter 2
What Happens on a Date?
Finding Clarity #1 (Activity)
How to be a "Good" Date
What is Flirting?
Finding Clarity #2 (Activity)
Finding Clarity #3 (Activity)
Dating Challenges - Is it Worth It?
Finding Clarity #4 (Activity)
More Relationship Goals [External Link]
References for Chapter 3
Stop "Looking" for Love
Stop looking for Love (Activity)
Where To Meet?
Tech Connect (Text and Activity)
Doing it Fast (Text and Activity)
Shared Moments (Text and Activity)
Closer to Home (Text and Activity)
The Daily Grind (Text and Activity)
Growing Up (Text and Activity)
Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll (Text and Activity)
A Helping Hand (Text and Activity)
Where to meet comparison table (Resource)
References for Chapter 4
Lessening Mental Health Issues
Maintaining Myself (Activity)
Disclosing your Neurodiversity
When To Tell #1 (Activity)
When To Tell #2 (Activity)
Sexual Boundaries, Dating, and Consent
The Ins and Outs of Consent (Video)
How Long to Wait to Have Sex? (Video)
What is Rejection?
My Rejection Story (Activity)
Learning From Rejection (Video)
Why End a Relationship?
Lived Experiences/ What It Feels Like
99 Things to Do After a Breakup [External Link]
How to Make a "Clean Break"?
How to Cope with Being "Dumped"
Taking a Moral Inventory (Activity)
References for Chapter 5
Meeting the Friends (Text and Activity)
Meeting the Family
Moving In Together (Text and Video)
Are You Ready to Move in Together? [Article: External Source]
Why Get Married (or not)?
Commitment Ceremonies [External Source]
Kids or Fur Babies?
References for Chapter 6
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